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While on your tour to Karnataka you will come across the little district of Coorg in the Sahyadri hills. It is an entirely different facet of India which is untouched by the hustle and bustle of the town and is also the birthplace of the River Cauvery. The unparalleled natural splendor of this place attracts a large number of tourists from all corners of India. The diverse land of Coorg is resplendent with coffee plantatations with red berries, cardamom fields covered with white and purple blossoms and old silver oak trees. Coorg is also referred to as Kodagu and most of the houses here have some one in the army or navy. The most impressive fact about Coorg is that it is also well-known for its beautiful and comely women. Your trip to Coorg will be a great experience since there are many places to visit in Coorg.

252 kms from Bangalore and 1525 m above sea level lies Madikeri, the district headquarters of Kodagu. Coorg or Kodagu (originally called Kodaimalenadu) means 'dense forest on steep hill'. Dubbed as the Scotland of India, this town has a lot to offer to the tourist. Misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views are what make Madikeri an unforgettable holiday destination.

Coorg is on the Western Ghats. Set amidst verdant valleys, imposing mountains and teak wood forests, this is one of the most beautiful hill stations you can visit. It lies on Karnataka's southwestern end, covering an area of 4,102 sq km.The river Cauvery originates here at Talacauvery and is worshipped by the locals.

The Kodagu district comprises different communities - Kodava, Tulu, Gowda, Moplah out of which the largest is the Kodava community, both economically and politically. The economy depends on agriculture, coffee plantations, foretry and tourism.

History of Rajkot


Little is known about the early history of this fertile land. From AD 1600 onwards, the Lingayat rajas ruled over Coorg and established their capital at Madikeri where they built a mud fort. The Kodavas, as the people of Coorg are called, harried the Mysoreruler Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan through sporadic rebellions. Finally, in AD 1785, Tipu marched into Coorg with a large army and devastated their little kingdom. Four years later, with the help of the British, Coorg regained its independence and Raja Veerarajendra set about the task of reconstruction. In AD 1834, the British took over power in Coorg. They impeached the last ruler Chikkaveera Rajendra and sent him into exile.

With its misty mountains and dense forests, Coorg seemed like a little corner of to the British. They left behind a legacy, which is still an important source of national wealth. The well laid coffee plantations in Coorg account for almost half of Karnatakas coffee production. And Karnataka continues to be s largest producer of coffee. Other reminders of the colonial past are the spacious estate bungalows, many of which still have British names and meandering roads that wind through the district.

Legend has it that the Goddess Cauvery appears at the sacred site of Talacauvery, the source of the Cauvery, on a specific day in October. She manifests herself as a sudden upsurge of water in a small tank. A large number of devotees gather to witness this bubbling spring and coconuts adorned with flowers are floated down the river as part of a special prayer. The water is especially potent on this occasion and is said to possess healing powers.

How to reach Rajkot


Air
The nearest airport from Coorg is Mangalore (135kms). A number of airlines connect the city with the cities like Bangalore.
Rail
there is a well-laid-out network of roads connecting the city with important cities in Karnataka. Cities like Mysore (120 kms), Hassan (115kms), Mangalore (136kms) and Bangalore (256kms) are linked by roadways with Coorg.
Road
Mysore is the most convenient railhead from Coorg. The city is only less than 2˝ hours drive from Coorg and is also connected to the rest of India with extensive rail network. One can also use the rail stations in Mangalore and Hassan to access to Coorg

Distance from Rajkot to major cities
Cities Distance in KM
Rajkot to Bangalore : 260
Rajkot to Mysore : 120
Rajkot to Hassan : 130
Rajkot to Chikmagalore : 100
Rajkot to Beluru/Halebeedu : 160
Rajkot to Kabini Reservoir : 100
Rajkot to Mangalore : 140
Rajkot to Kannor : 130
Rajkot to Kasargod : 85

Best time to visit Rajkot
October to June

Climate of Rajkot
Summers: Min 27.0C, Max 33.0C
Winters: Min: 19.1°C, Max:24.1°C

STD Code of Rajkot
08272

Culture
Distinct Culture What strikes a first-time visitor to Coorg is probably its stunning beauty - both, of nature and of the people. Not only is Coorg beautiful to look at but its people are equally good looking. They are a fun-loving race, very friendly and pure of heart.

Though Coorg is situated in Karnataka in the South of India, the marriage customs of the land seem a mix of the North and South along with some distinct customs of its own. The bride is always dressed in red just like a North Indian bride, unlike a Southern one, normally dressed in green or yellow. The groom’s attire is quite different from that of other Indian grooms. But he always carries a Peechekathi (traditional dagger) reminiscent of the long sword carried by the Northern groom.

Festivals of Coorg
Kaveri Shankaramana
Puttari
 
 
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